Medical emergency alert scam gets more aggressive
The latest robo scam tactic is to flood your phone virtually all day long with the same robocall message. "Congratulations, you've been selected to receive a free medical emergency alert system. To receive your free system and get protected 24/7 press one now," the caller says. The targets of this scam are typically people of retirement age, who are likely to be concerned about suffering a fall or medical emergency while they're home alone. One Renton woman stopped answering the phone and tracking the calls on her voice mail and caller ID systems. She got 26 calls in 10 days, often four call a day from four different numbers. All had the same mail voice reading the same recorded message.The robo callers use caller ID names that looking like medical alert companies. But when I called the numbers, they all went to the same recorded message telling me to press number one. No names, no real people. It's all about tricking you into accepting an emergency alert system so the unidentified company can charge monthly monitoring fees on your credit card. The AARP Fraud Fighter Call Center is warning seniors across the state to be on guard. The scam has gotten so bad, the high-profile and legitimate monitoring company First Alert has a scam warning on its website. Regardless of the pitch, you should never deal with strangers who use illegal robo calls to get your business. Remember, as long as you respond by pushing any button to talk to a human or get them to stop, that's a sign to scammers that someone will answer the phone. They'll not only keep calling, they'll sell your phone number to other scammers who add you to their target list.